Tannehill MRI Negative, His Return Still Uncertain

Dolphins QB could still miss Sunday's game at Indianapolis despite a promising MRI result

By David Hill
|  Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012  |  Updated 12:25 PM EDT
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Ryan Tannehill goes down after being sacked on Sunday. He did not return, and his status for the Dolphins' next game is uncertain.

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill underwent an MRI Monday to examine his injured left knee. Though the MRI revealed no structural damage, he still may miss the Dolphins' next game on Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts.

The Miami Herald reported Monday that the MRI results indicate no serious damage to Tannehill's knee, but he did sustain a bruised quadriceps and a bone bruise in his left knee on Sunday against the New York Jets.

On a third-down play on the Dolphins' second offensive drive, Tannehill was sacked by Jets LB Calvin Pace. He appeared to twist his left knee on the play, and came up limping as the offense left the field.

Tannehill did not return, and backup QB Matt Moore completed 11 of 19 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in his place.

The Herald spoke to two players who said Tannehill was walking with less discomfort on Monday, with no visible limp. The team will likely wait and see how his knee responds in practice before making a decision for the next game.

When asked about Tannehill on Monday, Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said, "Well I didn't see him do anything today. I saw him walking around a bit and I know he’s fairly optimistic, but we just have to wait and see."

After the Jets game, Tannehill told reporters that he is optimistic about his chances of returning in time for the Colts game. "I'm going to do what I can to get [my knee] ready to go," he said.

The team is cautiously optimistic regarding Tannehill's recovery process. Head coach Joe Philbin told the Herald Monday, "You have to make a decision: Can the guy function and do the job asked of him?"

Philbin added that he has not yet decided whether to give more practice snaps to Moore and third quarterback Pat Devlin yet, saying, "It's too early to predict what’s going to happen."

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